A plan for moving closer to the goal of replacing animals in U.S. safety testing and collaborations that have made possible the progress to date were highlighted at the May 23, 2017 public forum of the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods (ICCVAM). Many of the presentations at the annual public forum, held at NIH in Bethesda, Maryland, involved collaborations among federal agencies, between federal agencies and stakeholder groups, and among countries. Some of these efforts have already reduced the need to use animals for chemical safety testing. Other outcomes include technological advances that could improve hazard prediction and further reduce animal testing.
The forum was an opportunity for representatives from industry, animal welfare organizations, and other interested parties to discuss topics for inclusion in the Strategic Roadmap (to be published in 2018) on incorporating new approaches into safety testing of chemicals and medical products in the United States. The strategic roadmap document guides ICCVAM future activity.
The NTP Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods organized the meeting on behalf of the ICCVAM and posted a video of the meeting and the presenters’ slides on the NTP website.